A Week in Marrakesh: Exploring the Colors of Morocco

Welcome to Marrakesh, where the air is filled with the scent of spices, and every corner holds a new adventure. My journey began with a stay at the charming Riad Omri, nestled in the heart of the Medina, followed by a tranquil retreat at Dar Assiya. Let me take you through the vibrant streets, historical sites, and enchanting experiences that made my week in Marrakesh unforgettable.

Day 1-3: Marrakesh Medina

Upon arriving in Marrakesh, I was greeted by the bustling energy of the Medina, where Riad Omri awaited as my home for the next few days. Tucked away in the maze-like streets, this traditional Moroccan guesthouse offered a peaceful oasis amidst the lively surroundings. The intricate tile work, vibrant textiles, and refreshing courtyard fountain immediately immersed me in the local culture.

One of the highlights of my stay was exploring the vibrant souks of Marrakesh. Wandering through the narrow alleys, I was surrounded by a kaleidoscope of colors and the melodic calls of vendors selling everything from spices and textiles to leather goods and handicrafts. Getting lost in the maze of stalls was all part of the adventure, and I couldn’t resist haggling for unique treasures to take home as souvenirs.

Another must-visit was the magnificent Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture adorned with intricate stucco work, colorful tiles, and tranquil gardens. Stepping through the ornate gates felt like stepping back in time to an era of opulence and grandeur.

No visit to Marrakesh would be complete without paying homage to the legendary fashion designer at Yves Saint Laurent’s House. The museum not only showcases his iconic designs but also celebrates his love affair with Marrakesh, which served as a constant source of inspiration throughout his career.

Day 4-5: Tranquility at Dar Assiya

Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind, I embarked on a journey to Dar Assiya, a serene retreat nestled on the outskirts of Marrakesh. Surrounded by lush gardens and towering palm trees, this elegant riad offered a peaceful escape from the chaos of everyday life.

During my stay, I indulged in rejuvenating spa treatments, savored traditional Moroccan cuisine, and spent lazy afternoons lounging by the tranquil pool. It was the perfect opportunity to recharge and immerse myself in the beauty of my surroundings.

Day 6-7: Adventure in the Agafay Desert

For the final leg of my Marrakesh adventure, I ventured into the breathtaking landscapes of the Agafay Desert, where the Oxygen Lodge awaited as my home under the stars. Nestled amidst rolling sand dunes and rugged terrain, this eco-luxury camp offered a unique blend of adventure and comfort.

I spent my days exploring the desert on camelback, marveling at the vast expanse of golden sands and dramatic vistas that stretched as far as the eye could see. As the sun dipped below the horizon, I gathered around a crackling bonfire with fellow travelers and locals from a nearby village, sharing stories and savoring the flavors of traditional Moroccan cuisine under the starlit sky.

My week in Marrakesh was a whirlwind of vibrant colors, rich flavors, and unforgettable experiences. From the labyrinthine streets of the Medina to the tranquil beauty of the desert, each moment left an indelible mark on my soul, and I know that I will carry the spirit of Morocco with me wherever I go.